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The Lookout Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
March 28, 2007
I left the theater entertained but not fully satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
My interest waxed and waned. The set up for the film seemed to take eons. Frank overstuffed the script with exposition, multiple subplots and some seemingly unnecessary sequences. Just as I was ready to dismiss the movie, he switched gears.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
March 30, 2007
One senses the screenplay was repeatedly worked over in a seminar or honed using a software program. With stock characters, salty language, caper tension and heartfelt drama, it's calculated to please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
A professional script professionally shot, rather than a personal story burning to be told
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2007
The Lookout becomes something of a standard-issue, sub-Elmore Leonard caper in which double-crosses and inconvenient surprises lead to murder
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 30, 2007
Instead of a funny heist flick or a comedy with thrills, [writer Scott Frank] sketches out a gentle sine wave of a movie. It oscillates from not very funny to not very thrilling without ever being in a hurry to get where it's going.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 26, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 22, 2007
The straightforward routine story has plot holes you can drive a tractor through and a screenplay that's too clean for the messy story it's spinning.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 13, 2007
It is as if [Frank] trashes the entire mechanism altogether, resulting in a spoonfed conclusion, rewarding facile expectations and violating the integrity of his film's well-established structure.
Adam Bregman
Orlando Weekly
March 29, 2007
Throwing a mentally impaired dude into a heist drama doesn't really add much. There are times when the audience will forget that Chris is disabled, partially because Gordon-Levitt isn't very persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 2, 2007
It's a pity Frank is too busy laying on the wintry atmospherics to make the story grip as it should.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 29, 2007
Sleekly tooled but eminently forgettable.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2007
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as a fellow who has suffered serious head trauma, comes up with such a moody Method assemblage of twitches, tics, and guilty Memento mannerisms that he's not much fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
March 29, 2007
This film leaves you hoping for a project truly worthy of Gordon-Levitt's gifts.
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 29, 2007
The dour, downbeat story eventually spirals into grisly Grand Guignol and contrivance.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 30, 2007
The reason why [The Lookout] took so long to get produced is readily apparent: The people in this movie may be entertaining, morally complicated, even fascinating -- but persuasive they just aren't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 30, 2007
The Lookout is without the noose-tightening suspense or moral complexities of similarly themed thrillers. And the rare bits of business or color are too familiar and derivative to be diverting, and point to a conclusion that is ultimately the same.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 30, 2007
We know what's coming, [writer-director] Frank knows we know. His challenge is to make us care regardless. I confess that I didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 30, 2007
Tends to bubble along as a plot-boiler. Chris' guilty fantasy about the past girlfriend, just as he works up nerve for some major action, is the kind of twist that one studies screenwriting to learn and then surpass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 31, 2007
There's nothing here you haven't seen before, and even the pleasant hum of a well-tuned engine begins to drone a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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